Art, Environment and Community

October 6th, 2006 by Adam

Three programs sharing a theme of environmental sustainability will be held in Plymouth in October. The two weeks of Art, Environment and Community exhibitions and events will highlight opportunities to renew connections with the local environment, and talk about the implications of decisions that ultimately impact the environment.

Susan Smith: The Comerford Project, Oct. 18 – Dec. 16 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University, is an exhibition of drawings, video and audio documentation and a video installation that discusses the impact of the Comerford Dam in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. The dam was completed in 1930 to produce power for the New England states and to control flooding. It also helps supply irrigation to farms and water to urban areas. The exhibition considers the problems of water quality, wildlife habitat, and water management that are so important to the region.

Susan Smith will speak on “Love and Hate on the Connecticut River—The Comerford Hydro Dam” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Boyd Science Center room 114. Boyd Science Center is located on Highland Street in Plymouth.

Area agencies and Plymouth State University are collaborating to bring the Northern Forest Center exhibition, “Ways of the Woods” to Plymouth October 20–22. Ways of the Woods is an interactive experience—part exhibit, part live performance, part demonstration—designed to build understanding and appreciation of the ever-changing relationships between people and land.

“We are coordinating with the Town of Plymouth and working with organizations such as the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Plymouth Rotary, Plymouth Regional Senior Center and the ACA Assurance Franco-American Center, and a number of other agencies,” said Thad Guldbrandsen, director of the PSU Center for Rural Partnerships. “This is a time of dramatic cultural and social change, and this exhibition and the related music, art and presentations will provide an opportunity to take stock and reflect on who we are as a community and a region.”

The exhibition, which is housed in and around an 18-wheel tractor trailer truck, will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Information about specific events and activities will be forthcoming. For general information logon to www.northernforest.org/programs_wayswoods.htm.

Ann T. Rosenthal works with communities to rediscover and reconsider their forgotten waterways as sites of common experience, history and activity. She will speak at the Plymouth Senior Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 on “Reclaiming Community Landscapes for Social, Environmental and Economic Health.

Rosenthal has 20 years of experience as an environmental artist and arts activist and has developed courses and workshops for high schools and universities. Her site- and gallery-based installations include found objects, traditional media and digital imaging to explore the social and natural histories of “place.” Informed by diverse interdisciplinary interests, Rosenthal considers how our idealizations of “nature” and “wilderness” have compromised human and non-human systems. Her work is situated within the field of “ecoart,” which focuses on the physical, biological, cultural, political and historical aspects of ecological systems to creatively propose new possibilities for co-existence, sustainability and healing. Additional information is online at www.studiotara.net.

For information on the three programs, contact Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions at Plymouth State University, at (603) 535-2614 or via e-mail to camidon@plymouth.edu.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.